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Dishonest hypocritical pastor loses it all.

I use to be very religious. At the end of that period in my life, I became involved with a new church that was pastored by a charismatic young pastor who seemingly had everything going for him. But the fucker was greedy. Too greedy. As the saying goes: “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.” Pastor Hog got slaughtered.

My wife and I were looking for a church. An old friend invited us to a new church that was energetic and full of friends. We started attending regularly and eventually became involved with the leadership of the church.

After a while, I started to become uneasy around the pastor. The way he communicated with people just rubbed me the wrong way. I slowly realized that he was a manipulator and compulsive liar. Quick with an overzealous compliment but slow to explain himself when issues arose.

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laureljupiter  asked:

because I'm totally ridiculous and this is my new platonic crackship: 18 for Ben Solo and Rose Tico as nerd teamup forced to work together and developing A Rapport.


special shoutout to @futurecatladies, who I know is always down for that good good roselo content. this is technically platonic with shades of background reylo, but i think with just a minor nudge and minimal squinting one could consider it roselo instead (or even ‘also’). 

Rose watches him work from behind, half grateful and half incensed.

On the one hand, they’re barreling away from the Limiter, the First Order’s newest flagship, at high speed. She’s safe – relatively – and on her way home after only a day in a holding cell that could have easily become an eternity. Things are as good as they’ve been in at least a week, and for Rose that’s saying a lot.

But on the other, the other half of this ‘they’ is Kylo Ren, the one and only Supreme Leader of that same Order from which they’re currently running.

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Belong to pt. 2

Author: theweirdymcweirderson

Characters: Reader, Dean Winchester, Impala

Relationships: Dean Winchester×Reader

Word count: 7988

Warnings: Smut, Dirty Talk, Kissing, Hair Pulling, Jealous!Reader, Possessive!Reader, Thigh Highs, Biting, Language, Unprotected Sex, Dom!Reader, Pet Names, Light Bondage, Teasing, Oral Sex (both receiving), Hand Job, Nipple Play, Orgasm Denial.

Request: The Reader having their way with Dean.

Summary: Starts right after the ending of the first part, Reader takes Dean home and reminds him why he choose them as his partner.

Notes: Let me know what you think about it if you want to! Hope you enjoy the fic. *kisses*

Tags: I lost the small tag list I had, so if you wanna be tagged in my stories let me know.

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The lure of planet blue-green (N1MB Part 7)

The mission was clearly madness, but the lure of the mysterious blue-green planet was eerily strong to all who studied it.  Even the wisdom of Galactic Counsel members succumbed to its unlikely spell.  Admirals Nelt and Zenken were authorised to do whatever was required to find out more.

The mission team squatted in their cloaked shelter on the chosen erratic as it approached the planet’s orbit.  When the window for observation finally opened, Matina was on shift alone.

She studied the collection of signals in complete confusion, after half a diurnal of failing to make any progress, she disrupted the sleep roster to bring the whole team together to confer.  “I can find structured signals in almost every type of available channel.  I’m certain they are structured, but there is nothing like the long and short pulses we detected earlier,” she huffed with frustration, “this just gets worse.”

“Its data,” said Nurind, “it gives us opportunities.  No-one expected you to be able to interpret it instantly.  Collecting it is sufficient at this time.”  

“I can’t even do that,” Matina explained, “the volume of signals I’ve detected in the last 40 dinas would fill our entire data storage capacity.  And the traffic is all one way.  Every signal I’ve identified is emanating from the planet.  I’ve found absolutely nothing going in the other direction.”

This was a shock to the team.  The data storage capacity allocated for the mission was double the entire subspace traffic from their home world.  

“We have no choice but to collect only a sample,” Matina huffed, “but how do I choose what to sample when I have no idea what we are receiving?”

Zen, Crona and Nurind’s ears moved slowly in contemplation.  Crona was the first to break the silence.  “We must apply some form of statistical sampling,” said the mathematician.  “Shall I design a tool on my next shift?”

“That would seem sensible,” said Zen.  With that volume of data coming in, we can afford to lose a few diurnals and still take back all we can carry.”

Nurind lowered zis ears in agreement.  Matina’s ears folded down completely in relief.

“Thank you, its an honour to be working with such a fantastic team.  I apologise for disturbing your rests.”

“No apology is required,” said Zen, “I expect many more such disturbances for all of us before we return.”

The next of Zen’s predicted disturbances came a few diurnals later.  Nurind had been monitoring signal traffic using Crona’s sampling system, when an object was detected approaching The Blobs.  Nurind had studied hard to build zis skills for the mission, but this was beyond his knowledge.

“Crona, I’m sorry to disturb you.  I may have been in error when I judged I could cram sufficient knowledge to function as an effective Junior.”

Crona reviewed the signals.  “There is no error in your analysis, Nurind.  I’ll wake the others.  It seems we may have been detected.”

Spread Your Wings: The Hunt

Summary: Reader is a HYDRA experiment (like the Maximoffs, but not voluntary) who grows wings (like Angel from X-Men). She escapes (escape covered in Prologue) and is now trying to rescue and prevent further kidnappings and experiments. 

Word Count: 1710

Warnings: Swearing, mentions of past torture

A/N: Here it is. A very, very large THANK YOU to both @imhereforbvcky, and @writingwithadinosaur, for their general wonderfulness and amazing writing skills! I have tagged everyone who liked/reblogged/commented on the prologue, if you would like to be tagged, or untagged, just let me know!

Not my Gif…

It was the pain that woke you; the burning sensation causing you to cry out. It always took a moment for you to remember that you were safe upon waking; that the pain you were feeling wasn’t the result of being tortured anymore.

This was the routine now; you would wake covered in sweat, your back burning and a scream trapped in your throat. The nightmares had become so common, but so vivid that you almost couldn’t tell what was real, almost. After a few minutes of deep breathing, you could remember that you were free and that your nightmares were just a result of traumatic memories.

HYDRA had really fucked with your brain and it would take some time before you could sleep soundly. But you knew you’d get there eventually, the trip would just suck.

You had been a normal child, until you turned 6; the year your mutation developed. Your parents had no clue how to deal with a mutant child, especially not one with such an obvious physical difference. Their devout and extreme religious beliefs had them looking at you like a monster, a demon; something unholy. After 6 years, your parents abandoned you. You liked to tell yourself that they hoped the scientists would be able to rid you of your mutation, and then they would have taken you back. But in all likelihood, they had just dumped you when you were no longer a perfect child.

A sense of optimism or hope was near impossible to hold in captivity, and even more so when captivity became torture and scientific testing. You were never sure if your parents had left you with HYDRA to begin with or if you were moved there, but most of your life had been with them. If you could call it a life that is.

But you had escaped in one piece. You even had some small mementos to remember your time in the lab.

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One Thousand and One Villages

Follow-up to my post One Thousand Villages, separated out so Tumblr won’t harm my precious, precious PNGs, so let’s tag some people from the last one. @wirehead-wannabe @mailadreapta @bambamramfan Let’s also tag @xhxhxhx in case he finds it interesting or discovers some glaring flaw or something.

We’ll borrow Mailadreapta’s word here and refer to the new model as a Quad - it’s a 500m x 500m area as part of a larger 1km x 1km pattern.  I decided to revisit the subject and get a better sense of the scale and proportions, and in doing so, I realized that 1km x 1km is just too big for a single unit (and also too big to start with as an experiment if someone were to attempt this).  We’ll call the collection of four quads a Klick.

In the above images, green is residential, blue is mixed-use/commercial, yellow is light industrial, white is civic buildings, and orange is public transit.

Noting some feedback from @mailadreapta

I think the biggest problem is employment: there’s just no way you can ensure that everyone works in their own quad, so most people will still need to leave in order to work. I assume that a high-speed thoroughfare lie along the boundaries of the square (with transit) to accommodate this.

For a similar reason, I would put the commercial and civic buildings (except for the school) among the edge: these are these are places that will be visited often by people from other villages, so keep them away from the residential center.

This is, in fact, roughly the plan.  Although I did have the civic center in the middle last time.

Now then, now that that’s out of the way, let’s do some uncredentialed urban planning!

EDIT: Got a couple of numbers wrong.  That’s what I get for being so desperate to post this at 5AM in the morning.

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Utopia Hound Bonus Track

As a bonus to the movie novel, I’m translating the bonus track of Utopia Hound novel. I’m mainly interested in Kougami and Akane’s characters and, considering the fact that we don’t know much about Kougami’s escape, except for some news written in the movie book and rumors on the net, I’ve decided to search by myself on Utopia Hound and here I have found interesting things. This book is mainly focused on Kougami. I read a short summary of it in the past, but nothing too precise. I have never been satisfied by second hand informations, so here’s the story.

Utopia Hound Bonus Track in divided in 11 parts. Part 1 and 2 are set just after Makishima’s killing, and part 2 also contains the last conversation between Kougami and Akane (I thought it was in the second book of Psycho Pass but I was wrong).

I liked it very much not for the dialogue itself (that we know it well), but for the interlines in the conversation. From part 3 and on, Kougami escapes to China, he meets a man named Simon, he fights (against who I still don’t know)…..Anyway, I’m going to translate these parts in the next weeks.

Just the last note: if you wanna know something more about the translation, ask for details or if there’s something you don’t understand, I’m here, just ask!

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Most people forget that one of DARPA’s lesser known intentions when developing the internet was to control the flow of information while masquerading as a way to facilitate communication. From the earliest days of ARPANET the monitoring of traffic by the CIA was suspected, but this information was not confirmed until nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer’s table!!

Partners- Calum Hood

Originally posted by teenagedfricks

Summary: cop!cal (lol is that even a thing), basically you and calum are partners in a investigation 

A/N: I feel like you can put an exclamation mark after any thing and then a name and its a thing (ex: pussyassbitch!luke) 

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anonymous asked:

Why are you anti net neutrality?

I Want More Competition

Proponents of Net Neutrality say the telecoms have too much power. I agree. Everyone seems to agree that monopolies are bad and competition is good, and just like you, I would like to see more competition. But if monopolies are bad, why should we trust the U.S. government, the largest, most powerful monopoly in the world? We’re talking about the same organization that spent an amount equal to Facebook’s first six years of operating costs to build a health care website that doesn’t work, the same organization that can’t keep the country’s bridges from falling down, and the same organization that spends 320 times what private industry spends to send a rocket into space. Think of an industry that has major problems. Public schools? Health care? How about higher education, student loans, housing, banking, physical infrastructure, immigration, the space program, the military, the police, or the post office? What do all these industries and/or organizations have in common? They are all heavily regulated or controlled by the government. On the other hand we see that where deregulation has occurred, innovation has bloomed, such as with telephony services. Do you think we’d all be walking around with smartphones today if the government still ran the phone system?

The U.S. government has shown time after time that it is ineffective at managing much of anything. This is by design. The Founders intentionally created a government that was slow, inefficient, and plagued by gridlock, because they knew the greatest danger to individual freedom came from a government that could move quickly–too quickly for the people to react in time to protect themselves. If we value our freedom, we need government to be slow. But if government is slow, we shouldn’t rely on it to provide us with products and services we want in a timely manner at a high level of quality. The telecoms may be bad, but everything that makes them bad is what the government is by definition. Can we put “bad” and “worse” together and end up with “better”?

I don’t like how much power the telecoms have. But the reason they’re big and powerful isn’t because there is a lack of government regulation, but because of it. Government regulations are written by large corporate interests which collude with officials in government. The image of government being full of people on a mission to protect the little guy from predatory corporate behemoths is an illusion fostered by politicians and corporate interests alike. Many, if not most, government regulations are the product of crony capitalism designed to prevent small entrepreneurs from becoming real threats to large corporations. If Net Neutrality comes to pass how can we trust it will not be written in a way that will make it harder for new companies to offer Internet services? If anything, we’re likely to end up even more beholden to the large telecoms than before. Of course at this point the politicians will tell us if they hadn’t stepped in that things would be even worse.

If the telecoms are forced to compete in a truly free market, Comcast and Time Warner won’t exist 10 years from now. They’ll be replaced by options that give us better service at a lower price. Some of these new options may depend on being able to take advantage of the very freedom to charge more for certain types of Internet traffic that Net Neutrality seeks to eliminate. If we want to break up the large telecoms through increased competition we need to eliminate regulations that act as barriers to entry in the space, rather than create more of them.

I Want More Privacy

Free speech cannot exist without privacy, and the U.S. government has been shown to be unworthy of guarding the privacy of its citizens. Only the latest revelation of many, Glenn Greenwald’s new book No Place To Hide reveals that the U.S. government tampers with Internet routers during the manufacturing process to aid it’s spying programs. Is this the organization we trust to take even more control of the Internet? Should we believe that under Net Neutrality the government will trust the telecoms to police themselves? The government will need to verify, at a technical level, whether the telecoms are treating data as they should. Don’t be surprised if that means the government says it needs to be able to install its own hardware and software at critical points to monitor Internet traffic. Once installed, can we trust this government, or any government, to use that access in a benign manner?

While privacy and freedom of speech may not be foremost on your mind today because you like who is running the government right now, remember that government control tends to swing back and forth. How will you feel about the government having increased control of the Internet when Republicans own the House and Senate and Jeb Bush is elected President, all at the same time?

I Want More Freedom

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. – James Madison, The Federalist No. 51

Many of us see the U.S. government as a benevolent and all-knowing parent with the best interests of you and me, its children, at heart. I see the U.S. government as a dangerous tyrant, influenced by large corporate interests, seeking to control everyone and everything. Perhaps these diverging perspectives on the nature of the U.S. government are what account for a majority of the debate between proponents and opponents of Net Neutrality. If I believed the U.S. government was omniscient, had only good intentions, and that those intentions would never change, I would be in favor of Net Neutrality and more. But it wasn’t all that long ago that FDR was locking up U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps and Woodrow Wilson was outlawing political dissent. More recently we’ve seen the U.S. government fight unjust wars, topple elected democracies, and otherwise interfere in world affairs. We’ve seen the same government execute its own citizens in violation of Fifth Amendment rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Simply put–I don’t trust the U.S. government. Nor do I trust any other government, even if “my team” wins the election. I see any increase in regulation, however well-intentioned, however beneficial to me today, as leading to less freedom for me and society in the long term. For this reason those who rose up against SOPA and PIPA a few years ago should be equally opposed to Net Neutrality.

What Instead?

Internet bandwidth is, at least currently, a finite resource and has to be allocated somehow. We can let politicians decide, or we can let you and me decide by leaving it up to the free market. If we choose politicians, we will see the Internet become another mismanaged public monopoly, subject to political whims and increased scrutiny from our friends at the NSA. If we leave it up to the free market we will, in time, receive more of what we want at a lower price. It may not be a perfect process, but it will be better than the alternative.

Free markets deal exceptionally well in the process of “creative destruction” economist Joseph Shumpeter championed as the mode by which society raises its standard of living. Although any progress is not without its impediments and free markets aren’t an instant panacea, even U2’s Bono embraced the fact entrepreneurial capitalism does more to eradicate poverty than foreign aid. Especially in the area of technology, government regulation has little, if any place. Governments cannot move fast enough to effectively regulate technology companies because by the time they move, the technology has changed and the debate is irrelevant. Does anyone remember the antitrust cases against Microsoft because of the Internet Explorer browser? The worse services provided by the large telecoms are, the more incentive there will be for entrepreneurs to create new technologies. Five years from now a new satellite technology may emerge that makes fiber obsolete, and we’ll all be getting wireless terabit downloads from space directly to our smartphones, anywhere in the world, for $5/month. Unrealistic? Just think what someone would have said in 1994 if you had tried to explain to them everything you can do today on an iPhone, and at what price.


jasminumhua  asked:

(purplehealingnavi) "Did you know the Undernet has a Cyber Cafe too?" She commented idly, stirring her coffee before taking a sip, sighing happily. "The owner is kinda moody but she makes really good Cyber Coffee. And she gave me a free cup when I healed her arm after a Virus bit her !"

Searchman looked up from how his coffee swirled in it’s mug. Meddy sat across from him in the cafe booth, not standing out as much as he did. He barely fit into this arrangement. 

“I was not aware.” Searchman answered. “It must be on the upper levels, where traffic is monitored well.”

He looked back at his cup and wondered. “Do you heal others who dwell in the Undernet too?” 

Baby It's Cold Outside (REQUESTED)

“Again, a winter storm advisory is in effect from 11 AM today until 6 PM tomorrow. We advise that you all remain safe by staying off the roads until a couple more inches of the ice and snow starts to melt…” You were eating a bowl of cereal in the kitchen when you heard the announcement on the news. Dylan was on his way over and you couldn’t help but feel extremely worried until he got there safe. It wasn’t supposed to snow hard until later on tonight, but the wind made it head your way early and you woke up to see your yard covered in feet of snow.

“Finally!” You say in relief as Dylan enters the door. “I was so worried!! I can’t believe how much snow is on the ground so far! How were the roads?” Dylan takes off his jacket and boots. His nose and cheeks are extremely red and his hair is covered in white snow.

Dylan brushes off his head and hangs up his jacket. “Holy shit it’s cold outside. It’s so crazy out there, the roads are so icy already. They have a bunch of police officers monitoring traffic to make sure no one is being reckless. I’m just glad I made it here before it get worse. They’re calling for like 2 more feet of snow just today!”

“I know, I heard. I’ve been watching the news like crazy,” you look out to window and stare outside for a second. “It is pretty, though. Everything looks so clean.”

Dylan joins you. “I know, right? I’ll take the L.A traffic any day over the icy mess on the roads right now, but I must admit sometimes I miss playing in the snow. I remember when we would have snow days in elementary school and my sister and I would literally have to be dragged back inside the house because we would spend all day making snowmen.”

You look at Dylan’s face and he looks a bit sad. You feel nostalgia rush over you as you recall when you too used to spend hours outside. “Well who says we can’t do that now?”

“What? Now?! It’s like -5 degrees outside.”

“Oh come on, Dyl! Let’s make something fun out of this day! We’re snowed in anyway and there’s nothing else to do!”

Dylan’s face lights up and his eyes grow big. “You’re right! Get dressed and I’ll meet you out there! We should make a fort!”

“And then we can have a snowball fight!” You go into your room and put on your thickest pair of leggings and jeans.

“And we should bring a bunch of clothes outside so we can make a snowman! Oh! We should make us! A snow man and woman! I’m too excited about this, aren’t I?”

You pinch Dylan’s cheeks like a grandmother would do to her tiny grandchild and say, “No, it’s cute! Let me finish putting on some warm clothes and then we can head outside.” When you finish getting dressed however, Dylan is nowhere in sight. You assume he’s already outside so you open the door. You’re immediately hit with a snowball once you step onto the snow, which causes an eruption of laughter from Dylan. “You jerk! You didn’t tell me you were starting with the snowball fight first!” You rush toward him and he starts the run the opposite way, dodging your snowballs. The two of you play outside for a while before heading back inside to two cups of hot chocolate and one warm blanket.

anonymous asked:

Kisuke's answer to Askin's question stays with me: a true scientist wouldn't want to watch someone else recreate the universe; he'd want to be the one doing it. Now, Kisuke was speaking of Mayuri there, but I have to wonder: Aizen believed (believes?) he could do it. Yhwach believes he can. Do you think that Kisuke actually knows HE could do it, and the only thing holding him back is the terrible cost? Do you suppose that 'blank canvas' reference is a veiled threat? Nuke it all and start over...

The short answer?  No.

The long (VERY LONG) one?

I think, anon, the answer to your question was given a number of years ago, in chapter 421: 

All Kubo did in 664 was elaborate on it:

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Marie Van Brittan Brown

Born in 1922, Marie Van Brittan Brown was the first person to develop the patent for closed circuit television security. Her mechanism consisted of a motorized camera and four peepholes. The camera could be moved from one peephole to the next, and the camera’s images were displayed on a monitor. The door could also be unlocked remotely using an electrical switch. Brown’s invention was patented in 1969, and became the framework for the modern closed circuit television system that is widely used for surveillance, crime prevention, and traffic monitoring.

Cooperating Satellites Could Help Find Planes And Ships Lost At Sea

by Michael Keller

A virtual constellation of satellites already in orbit could help searchers find planes and ships lost at sea.

A team of space scientists and remote sensing experts tapped into the surveillance power of 54 Earth-observing satellites, which are currently tasked with recording only images of land beneath their orbits.

By expanding the mission of the spacecraft to take pictures of the world’s oceans and inland waters and then feeding the data into a single system, the group believes search-and-rescue operations could be quickly focused on areas of several hundred square miles.

“We’ve been looking at ways in which spacecraft can be operated in a coordinated way to acquire imagery over areas of water in such a way that those images may be used at a later date in the search for ships, small vessels and aircraft that go missing and which are very difficult and time-consuming to find when rescue crews are out there looking for survivors,” says Nigel Bannister, a physicist at the University of Leicester in the UK who led the research.

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When Driver Error Becomes Programming Error

by Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science

Ninety percent of automobile accidents now involve human error. If scientists succeed in producing computer-driven cars, responsibility may shift to programming errors. In that case, who sues whom? Who is liable?

Scientists working on computer-driven cars – so-called autonomous vehicles – are dealing with issues Henry Ford never worried about, and the technology is ahead of the law.

Google has several fully autonomous cars roaming the streets of California.

In some ways it already is happening by steps. Most new cars have anti-lock braking systems, self-adjusting cruise control, traction control, and computers that can slam on the brakes when it detects an imminent collision. The driver just enjoys the ride.

Meanwhile, experimental autonomous cars get better.

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